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Sew , Knit, and Natter Friday!

Ok so did I keep to my yarn diet? Answer later on!

Meantime some more lovelies from Greece. In this case from the Ethnographical museum in the mosque of Aslan Pasha

Some silver ware with pineapples, which I was on the look out for following the post by Wild Daffodil on pineapple bunting.

Personally I prefer these chickens!

These knitted socks are worn by men.

And these,  just look at the patterns.

This a traditional costume for ladies.

I love this embroidered detail. And finally

A little loom, with pineapples! Or maybe fir cones? So did I keep to the yarn diet and if not how long did it last?

I had some problems this week. Finally I girded my loins and decided to tackle the skirt for Little Miss F, the one with the zip you know.. Unpacked the pattern, looked at it with horror. Not side seams as I had assumed but ones up the front and down the back. How on earth was I going to make the pattern match on my fabric?

After much head scratching and thinking, as I have said before sometimes Nanas do think, only this one, not very well. I decided I could do away with the centre seam with some jiggery pokery and cutting on a fold. I looked and looked at where I had pinned the pattern. The design went beautifully down in a straight line. Now please bear in mind I really don’t know what I am doing and the clever seamstresses will now be laughing I think. I found my school reports amongst Mum’s treasure this week. Needlework it read, term after term for 4 years, that’s 12 reports by the way,  ” Catherine tries hard”!

The problem is that by the time the fabric gets round the back the mountains and skiers are going sideways!

DOH!  I now have fabric and no pattern , and a pattern with no suitable fabric. I do need a pattern with side seams for this fabric. Onto the web. Not one site I looked at stated whether the pattern had side or centre seams.  I would have to go to a shop and unpack the pattern to look.

But I was all fired up, loins girded and all that. Maybe I could find some fabric to go with the pattern. So much fabric to look at on line and so much that would end up going sideways at the back. BUT eventually I found some with flamingoes going in all directions. The story will continue…

The knitting has been going well.

Now on the front section of the tank top for Master T. I began to look forward to knitting the bright coloured jumper he had asked for and for which I bought yarn last week. I got the pattern out. DOH! I had under bought the yarn. Undeterred I went to the LYS to look for more, now this was not the shop I had bought the yarn from last week, that is 25 miles away in York. And no the LYS didn’t have the same colour, but they did have lots of others and one I hadn’t used before which was lovely and bright, and of course if I couldn’t get one more ball I could always knit the yarn for someone else. So did I succumb to temptation?

OF COURSE I DID! How long did the yarn diet last….

22 HOURS!

I have started the yarn diet again and please to say it has now lasted 6 days. Did you guess right? Can I keep it up?  All thoughts on the above two dilemmas are very welcome. I do love a good natter.

Have a great weekend, and Be Happy!

Yorkshire Spoolettes.

I was so disappointed to have managed once again to miss the Yorkshire Spoolettes meet up. However I was in France at the time and then Thimberlina aka Ali told me I won the competition to guess the total miles traveled by everyone to get to the meet up. But the best bit was when she said would I like to meet up so I could receive the prize. Well of course I would like to meet up, prize or no prize. And so we did, just before Easter. And I got to meet Cyber Mum too.

Picture by Thimberlina. Lovely to meet Ali and Cyber Mum, and we had such a nice chat. Hope to meet up again one day, and to get to the next Spoolettes meet up.

Meantime that prize, oh WOW.

It came in this great big bag and was full of amazing goodies.

I mean would you look. So Yorkshire Spoolettes, a great big thank you. There was a book, sewing notions, pattern weights, coasters, a pretty box full of pins, a wooly hat much needed in Yorkshire, a drawing. Some were named so a call out to Hannah, Chris, Margaret, Catherine,  Jay  and Jenna many thanks all of you. Now where is my sewing machine?

Scrap Happy- April 2017

Just a baby ball

This side and

this side . Joining with Kate for some lovely scrappiness.

Have a Happy Easter.

Scrap Happy- a wall tidy

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The bat and star fabrics were bought for the project and along with the gingham ribbon. BUT, I needed to buy them because I wanted to use the scraps of fabric left over from previous projects for a wall tidy hanging for Master T.

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First step was to make the pockets and attach to the fabric. I guess the addition of the ribbon might strengthen the bottom of the pockets.

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I still need a length of dowel to hang it by, a roll of brown paper suffices for a quick picture. The tabs at the top have buttons in the pattern, but I didn’t have suitable buttons. But I did have these two motifs. I have actually had them for years and years and years and can’t recall where I got them from. They are French. They may even have been a free gift. The card in the packet says Cafeteria Casino,the front reads Collectionne Les ecussons Gum’s. Any ideas?

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I think that may be a cucumber.

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And this a tomato. Anyway, more fun than a button, but probably not as strong.

Pattern for this came from a book called Cute and Easy Quilting and Stitching by Charlotte Liddle. Just checked on Amazon and it is available there. I like the book a lot because templates are included for tracing and are the actual size. No fighting with a photocopier.

Joining with Kate for February Scrap Happy.  Do pop over there as there are links to lots of scrap Happy projects. And we all need happiness.

Scrap Happy December!

Some little Christmas makes for the Secret Santa and friends.

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These were very fiddly.

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Heart shaped ornaments, and the other side

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Joining with Kate for Scrap Happy

Have alook at these other Scrap Happy Posts too.

Usually has a scrappy post:

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)

Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)

Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)

Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)

Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)

Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)

Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)

Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)

Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)

Debbierose: https://sewrosey.wordpress.com (in English only)

Tracy: https://itsatsweetsday.wordpress.com/ (in English only)

Jill: http://nicepieceofwork.wordpress.com/ (in English only)

Claire: https://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com/ (in English only)

Jan: http://thesnailofhappiness.com/ (in English only)

Scrap Happy August.

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I had wonderful fun this month with my fabric scraps, creating a crazy patchwork lavender cushion/ sachet. Here’s a close up.

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Some of the scraps are really small. I cut each with pinking shears and machine stitched in place. The wadding is held in place with the buttons. Somehow I managed to add lace and a backing. Then I filled it with the dried lavender from the garden. Finally adding a ribbon and button.

You can just see a tiny piece of the flower fairies fabric.

I think I enjoyed this scrappy project the most, as it was pure play. It’s now going into my meomys drawer!

Joining with these other ladies and their fabric scraps.

Usually has a scrappy post:

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Kate at https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)

Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)

Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)

Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)

Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)

Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)

Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)

Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)

Jodie Zollinger: https://homesweetdreaming.com/ (in English only)

Debbierose: https://sewrosey.wordpress.com (in English only)

Claire: https://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com (in English only)

Susan: https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com (in English only)

Jill: https://nicepieceofwork.wordpress.com (in English only)

 

Whitby Quilt Show-2016

The Queen Bee Quilters are holding a quilt show this weekend. The theme was a Stitch in Time. I just had to go.

The show began with

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A display of a Stitch through time!  Then it was onto the quilts. Here are my favourites.

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Sammy Snail , story book, From a pattern by Jenny Haskins and stitched by Margaret Peel

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Stitched by Mariola Leeman, her first quilt made for her son who loves bright colours and chillis.

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This was a late entry so I can’t remember who stitched it but I recall it was made for a granddaughter. Now what girl would not love this?

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Springtime, stitched by Liz Petherick from a pattern bought in New Zealand.

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Beside the Sea stitched by a group called Creative Stitchers

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Stitched by Sarah Slater from a pattern by Lynette Anderson

I loved the words in the middle.

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Stitched by Judith Clarke for her grandson

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Stitched by Chris Swales, design by Patchwork Chicks and fabric by Lynette Anderson

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Stitched by Jane Snoxell, pattern by Lynette Anderson. Are you spotting a theme here?

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Detail from the last quilt.

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Indeed!

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Agreed.

Now of course there were traders and stalls and of course I made some purchases. Fabric and buttons. I will share those another day. The traders all picked  quilts for an award from each of them and the visitors also got to choose their favourite, and the one with the most votes will get the visitors award. So which one did I pick?

Do you wish you could go, well if you can get to Whitby North Yorkshire, it is open on Sunday too.

Meantime let me leave you with these Christms trees. Here you got to choose your favourite and put coins in the bag next to it to signify a winner. All money to charity. And the winner would be the one with the most coins, not the one with the highest value. Time to empty your pockets of pennies…..

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And although I love those cats, my money went in the bag next to it, all those decoartions were patchwork and the panel was quilted.

And the quilt I choose was the chilli inspired one. Loved the colours, that it was practical and was for her son. The snail very nearly had it though.

One great day out!

 

 

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